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Trauma Statistics and Information

Trauma Statistics and InformationTrauma, its causes, the disorders that can result from it, the symptoms of such disorders and treatment thereof are not yet well understood by the general public. We do, however, have some factual information regarding trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder from studies that have been done. This information might help the issue to be better understood.

General Information About Trauma

  • A wide variety of incidents can trigger PTSD, including sexual assault, severe illness or accident, domestic violence, natural disaster, military action, sudden loss and criminal attack.
  • In the United States, PTSD affects approximately 7.7 million people over the age of 18. That figure is equivalent to 3.5 percent of the American adult population.
  • Young adults are more likely to suffer from PSTD than other age groups. The typical age range of onset is the early 20s, though the trauma might have occurred in childhood.
  • Those who have survived a natural disaster, serious illness or accident are less likely to develop PTSD than the victims of criminal assault, sexual abuse or other types of intentional harm.
  • Those who have experienced more than one traumatic experience are more likely to develop PTSD.

PTSD Statistics and the Military

The trauma of warfare has gone by many names. In World War I it was called shell shock; in World War II it was combat fatigue. Since the Vietnam War, the condition now known as PTSD has been more closely studied. Here are some facts about PTSD and the military.

  • Members of the Army and the Marine Corps are more likely to experience PTSD than Navy or Air Force personnel. This is a result of the higher incidence of personal combat.
  • Officers are less likely to experience PTSD than those in the enlisted ranks.
  • Nineteen percent of Vietnam vets experienced PTSD.
  • According to a VA study conducted in 2005 of 168,528 Iraqi veterans, 20 percent suffered from some form of psychological disorder. Of these, 1,641 were diagnosed with PTSD.
  • A UK study of soldiers who had fought in the Iraq War revealed that 18 percent reported being embarrassed to seek mental health services for PTSD. Fear that seeking treatment would hurt their career was cited by 24 percent, and 31 percent felt that admission of stress would be seen as a weakness.

Gender Statistics Regarding PTSD and Trauma

  • Women are two to three times more likely to suffer from PTSD than men. The most likely cause of this disparity is that women are more vulnerable to sexual and physical assault than men, and these types of assault often are ongoing. Women are also more likely to have been molested as children, and therefore more likely to have experienced more than one incident of trauma.
  • US women serving in Iraq suffer from more pronounced and debilitating forms of PTSD than men who experienced similar combat situations. Again, this may be attributed to the existence of previous traumatic experiences.